Arundel CofE Primary School

The ACE Way

Embracing the ACE Way: 

Acting and Behaving with Kindness and Respect - a Parent Guide



The ACE way is a philosophy rooted in treating others with respect and kindness, inspired by the teachings and actions of Jesus Christ. Regardless of religious affiliation, embodying the ACE way fosters a community where individuals uplift and support one another. It promotes qualities of empathy, compassion and integrity, guiding individuals to make positive contributions to society.


Respect and Kindness:

At the core of the ACE way is the principle of treating everyone with respect and kindness, akin to being a good neighbour. This entails valuing the inherent worth and dignity of each person, irrespective of differences in background, beliefs or opinions. By extending empathy and understanding, we cultivate inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and accepted.


Listening and Following Instructions:

Embracing the ACE way involves actively listening to others and following instructions with diligence. This demonstrates a willingness to understand different perspectives and collaborate effectively. By prioritising attentive listening and adherence to instructions, we foster open communication and cooperation, leading to constructive outcomes.


Making Right Choices and Respecting Rules:

Central to the ACE way is the commitment to making ethical choices and respecting established rules. This involves conscientiously evaluating actions and decisions to uphold principles of justice, honesty, and integrity. By adhering to rules and moral principles, we create a culture of accountability and trustworthiness within our communities.


Perseverance and Resilience:

The ACE way encourages individuals to persevere and remain resilient in the face of challenges. Embracing difficulties as opportunities for growth and learning, we cultivate resilience by approaching challenges with determination and optimism. Through a mindset of resilience, we develop the inner strength to overcome obstacles and achieve our goals.


Improving Learning Through Dialogue:

In line with the ACE way, learning is enhanced through open dialogue and discussion. By engaging in constructive conversations and sharing diverse perspectives, we broaden our understanding and deepen our knowledge. Embracing a collaborative approach to learning, we foster a culture of continuous improvement and intellectual curiosity.


Belief in Effort Leading to Success:

Fundamental to the ACE way is the belief that effort and perseverance are key drivers of success. By embracing a growth mindset and recognizing the value of hard work, we empower ourselves to achieve our aspirations. Through dedication and determination, we cultivate the confidence to pursue our goals and overcome obstacles along the way.


Understanding the Importance of Being an ACE Upstander:

Incorporating the ACE Way into our lives also entails understanding the importance of being an ACE Upstander rather than a Bystander. As Upstanders, we actively intervene or speak out against injustice, discrimination, or harmful behaviour, rather than remaining passive bystanders. By taking a stand for what is right, we uphold the values of compassion, justice and accountability, contributing to the creation of a more equitable and inclusive society.



Embracing the ACE Way involves embodying virtues inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, including kindness, respect, ethical conduct, perseverance, and resilience. By integrating these principles into our daily lives, we contribute to the cultivation of compassionate and harmonious communities, regardless of religious affiliation. Understanding the importance of being an ACE Upstander further reinforces our commitment to promoting justice, empathy and positive change in the world around us.

This is what some of our ACE children said The ACE Way means to them:


“If someone falls over, you help them up.” (age 6)


“Being good and loyal to everyone.” (age 10)


“If someone is feeling lonely we should play with them.” (age 5)


“Love your neighbour as yourself.” (age 11)


“Showing respect.” (age 5½) 


“Being an upstander.” (age 5¾)


“It’s really special to our school.” (age 10)  


“Showing your ACE values.” (age 5)


“Respecting other people.” (age 11)